Homeoprophylaxis is method used to protect individuals from the effects of infectious diseases. In contrast to vaccinations, homeoprophylaxis does not rely on antibody formation to prevent an illness. Instead, the homeopathic remedies boost the innate immune system to lower a person’s susceptibility to diseases.
The philosophy behind homeoprophylaxis is that the micro-organisms themselves are not seen as the sole cause of disease, but rather an illness is an interplay between a micro-organism and the individual’s susceptibility to it. The healthier the patient, the less susceptible to contracting an infection.
Specific homeopathic remedies, related to infections, are used to prevent the individual from falling ill. The founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, wrote in 1801 on scarlet fever: “Who can deny that the perfect prevention of infection would offer infinite advantages over any mode of treatment, be it of the most incomparable kind soever?”
Famous homeopaths who have practised according to this principle during the centuries have included Boenninghausen, Kent, Burnett, Tyler, Blackie, Boger and others. In modern times Dr. Isaac Golden from Australia, has addressed this issue in a systematic manner.
There are many studies on the effectiveness of homeoprophylaxis (HP). Here’s one example:
In 1974, during a meningococcal epidemic in Brazil, 18,640 children were given HP for protection against Meningococcal, and 6,340 were not. The following results were obtained:
• 18,640 protected homeopathically – 4 cases of Meningococcal infection.
• 6,340 not protected – 32 cases of Meningococcal infection.
Based on the infection (attack) rate in the unprotected group, 94 cases of infection would have been expected in the homeopathically protected group. Instead, there were only four cases of meningococcal infection, showing that the homeopathic option was 95% effective against the meningococcal disease. HP was also used very successfully in Cuba in 2008 to decrease leptospirosis, a disease contracted from infected water, by 84%.
Dr. Janet Levatin wrote an extensive blog about this method which she offers in the office. Call today for an appointment to learn more. 440-239-3438.